Member Meeting

U.S. Senatorial Debate

11:30 AM

MotorCity Casino Hotel

The Honorable Debbie Stabenow

U.S. Senator for Michigan

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John James


James Group International

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About This Meeting

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D) and John James (R), President of James Group International, debated at the DEC prior to November’s senatorial election. Topics included immigration reform, national deficit, Michigan’s infrastructure among many others.

On the subject of trade, both candidates cited their own personal experience. James shared his perspective as a business owner.

“I am a family business owner and I understand our farmers are dealing with trade, regulation and labor issues,” said James. “By making sure we fix some things on the input costs, we need to be sure that they are not operating at a higher cost and decreasing prices and having their American Dream crushed in between.”

Stabenow referenced international trade legislation she authored.

“The area of trade is one where I have been involved with since being in D.C. on your behalf,” said Stabenow. “We are the sixth largest exporting state. I want to make sure we are exporting our products, not our jobs and that we have a level playing field.”



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